British Foreign Policy 1815-65

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The Royal Shambles

The full title of this Cruikshank cartoon, published in August 1816, is The Royal Shambles - or, The Progress of Legitimacy and Reestablishment of Religion and Social Order -- !!! -- !!!

In this cartoon, priests lead the procession over the bodies of dead Republicans. Louis XVIII is sitting on the "Divine Right" cannon; Wellington is pulling the cannon with his sword. The emperors of Russia, Prussia and Austria are also present. 'John Bull' (the only Protestant representative there) is being sprayed with holy water. On the platform above the re-installed rulers, executions are being carried out and on the right are Napoleon's soldiers: one of them is saying that Wellington comes from 'a nation that once put their Tyrant to death [Charles I] but they forget'.

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